Youthful Dress Styles for Mothers of the Bride
On the wedding day, the mother of the bride's dress is the second most important outfit after the bridal dress, and knowing this, many mothers are in a dilemma when it comes to choosing what to wear on their daughter's wedding day.
So, if your daughter is getting married and you are undecided on what style to wear, you are not alone.
Being the bride's mother, you want to look wonderful and at your best. This means looking classy and sophisticated without crossing the line and it is not really hard to achieve that look.
It doesn't matter whether you are in your late 40s or early 80s; you must strive to make your own fashion statement and once you know the wedding theme and the colours of the day, things are half-way solved.
Before you finally decide on what to wear, its good to discuss at length with your daughter because it is her day and she not only wants you to look smashing, she wants you to look youthful in your mother of the bride dress.
Vintage-Inspired Mother of the Bride Dresses
Many die-hard vintage style enthusiasts tend to have a preference for vintage-inspired styles because only do they scream "glamour", they are stylishly different and always attract a second glance.
From alluring flapper style gowns to attires with a semblance of simple elegance, the designs of the 19th century reproduced with a modern twist are youthful, smart, and will attract a second and third glance. And since the bride's day is a day of honour for her mother, her style should be deserving of this honour.
Yes, it’s the bride's day but it is also the mother of the bride's day as well.
How to Choose the Right Dress
The secret of choosing a youthful but appropriate dress lies not only in its form and style, but also in its fabric type, the texture, its colour, and how it is accessorized.
From off-the-shoulder dresses and trumpet style gowns to elegant A-line dresses and tea-length ball gowns, dresses for a bride and groom's mother can be anything from a short length outfit to a long floor-sweeping layered gown.
A mother-of-the-bride attire must have any of the following qualities and must be:
- Smart and classy, but certainly chic
- Graceful, if it is a floor-length dress
- Elegant if it is a suit-like attire
- Formal or semi-formal
For those who like embellishments and other forms of ornamentation, it is good to steer clear of the over-fancy and overtly embellished MOB outfits. The subtle adornment of a dress for a wedding occasion is fine as long as it doesn't compete for attention with the wedding dress.
You can break the rules and forget the usual dress codes. Break away from the norm and the rules of conformity.
You can wear whatever style you feel good in, one that looks fantastic on and draws tons of compliments, but remember this, don't outshine the bride.
Today's mothers of the bride are unlike the stereotype of the past because many are much younger than their predecessors. They are still youthful enough for the glitz and glamour that 'turns heads' so, chic and trendy dresses are now commonplace while traditional 'frumpy' styles are gone forever.
One important tip though dress in accordance with good taste and a great dress sense and only wear what will fit and complement your body type and proportions.
Before you go shopping for your dress here are a few tips you may find helpful.
- Will you rather wear a formal floor length gown than something more daring and youthful like a short or calf-length MOB dress?
- Choose only colours and a style that best suits the wedding theme.
- If you can sketch, draw out an idea of what you'll like to look like when fully attired.
- For mother-of-the-bride dress ideas, search wedding boards on Pinterest. You’ll find tons of designs and wonderful ideas there.
- Visit local bridal boutiques. You can even check out the bridesmaid's section if you typically dress in a youthful manner.
- Visit wedding stores online for inspiration. Some styles you'll find in the 'Special Occasion Dresses' section of such stores are always elegant/chic/smart; you can’t but find one that will look wonderful on you.
Finally, pay special attention to your choice of accessories and remember they must be both beautiful and complimentary to your dress. You don’t want a mismatch or clash between your dress and your accessories.
ARE YOU BOLD AND DARING ENOUGH TO STUN YOUR GUESTS WITH A RACY AND ALLURING MUM OF THE BRIDE DRESS?
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